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2012-2013 Cultural Arts Calendar

USC Dance Company

Under the artistic direction of Susan E. Anderson, alongside Stacey Calvert, associate artistic director; Kyra Strasberg, distinguished artist-in-residence and Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, assistant professors, the university’s dance program in the College of Arts and Sciences has provided excellence in classic and contemporary dance performance for more than 35 years. In 2005, the university established a dance major discipline, and students practice their routines in state-of-the-art studios. Concert times and ticket prices for USC Dance Company are subject to change. Ticket prices for all shows except “Ballet Stars of NY” are: $12 for students, $16 for USC faculty/staff and military, and $18 for the general public. Tickets for concerts held at the Koger Center for the Arts are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. For details on dance concerts, call 803-777-0704, or visit the Web site: 

Oct. 5 ----“S.C. Festival of Dance: 2012 Jubilee.” 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.The S.C. Festival of Dance will celebrate the best of dance in South Carolina, featuring professional and regional companies such as Carolina Ballet, Greenville, Hernon Justo, artistic director; Columbia Classical Ballet,  Redenko Pavlovich, artistic director; and Charleston Ballet Theatre, Patricia Cantwell, artistic director, with choreography by award-winning resident choreographer Jill Bahr. Also Wideman/Davis Dance, the USC dance program’s professional dance company in residence, will be featured. The USC Dance Company will round out the evening’s presentation with a commissioned new work by Gianni Di Marco.

Nov. 2-3 ----“USC Dance Company fall concert: Voices of Choreography.” 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts. Dancers will perform a variety of genres from the classics to the contemporary in the fall concert. The program includes “Tensile Involvement” by Alwin Nikolais, which premiered in New York in 1953 and was featured in the 2003 film, “The Company.”  Dancers in the work utilize long elastic ribbons to create geometric shapes. Thaddeus Davis, assistant professor and a recipient of the Choo-San Goh choreography award, will present a contemporary work in the program. Boston-based choreographer Gianni Di Marco will set a new work to be premiered in this concert. Di Marco danced with the Boston Ballet along with faculty member Kyra Strasberg, who will serve as ballet mistress. The final work on the program will be “La Source” by George Balanchine. Faculty member Stacey Calvert, a former soloist with NYCB will stage this work.

Nov. 27-30  ---- “Fragments of Light: Student Choreography Showcase.” 6 p.m. Drayton Hall Theatre. Under the direction of master faculty, students display their talents as both performers and creators of choreography. 

Nov. 27-30  ---- Wideman/Davis Dance Co. in concert.  8 p.m. Drayton Hall Theatre. On the same dates as the student showcase, Wideman/Davis Dance, the resident professional dance company, will bring a unique brand of choreography with a socially-relevant theme to the Drayton Hall stage.  Professors Tanya Wideman Davis and Thaddeus Davis, along with other guest artists, will present their original interpretative work “Based On Images,” a piece inspired by national media images of Hurricane Katrina. The Wideman/Davis Dance Company has performed this work in New York and on multiple stages across the country.

Feb 13-16  ---- “USC Dance Company Spring Concert: On The Edge.” 7:30 p.m. Drayton Hall Theatre. Push the boundaries of dance with the USC Dance Company, as it presents an evening featuring original contemporary choreography by Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, as well as a work by Bill Evans, world-renowned choreographer and dance educator.

April 18 ---- “Velocity: Student Choreography Showcase.” 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.  University dancers will take center stage for a showcase of their original choreography.

April 19 ----“8th Annual Ballet Stars of New York.” 7 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. For the eighth consecutive year, we host principal dancers from the New York City Ballet for an evening of dance mastery. Under the direction of faculty member Stacey Calvert, a former soloist with the NYCB, dancers will share the stage with top stars of the professional ballet world and the USC Symphony, under the direction of Donald Portnoy, USC symphony conductor. Ticket are $15 for students, $25 for second balcony, $30 for first balcony and $35 for orchestra seating.

May 24-25 ----“USC Dance Conservatory spring concert.” 6 p.m. May 24 and 2 p.m. May 25. Drayton Hall Theatre. Students from the USC Dance Conservatory, the after-school program for ages 3-18, present their annual spring concert.

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